Religious Beliefs

Usury in Christianity

The Christian Church’s position on usury began with the First Council of Nicaea in the year 325, which forbade clergy from engaging in usury. Later ecumenical councils applied this regulation to any member of any religious faith. Lateran III decreed that persons who accepted interest on loans could receive neither the sacraments nor Christian burial. …

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A Debate Over The Use Of Contraceptive Methods And Reproductive Technologies By Christians

A recent increase in secularisation has resulted in a debate emerging about the morality of Christians using contraception and reproductive technologies. Contraceptive methods regarding birth control such as the pill or injection are seen to some within the Christian church as ‘immoral’. Morality refers to standards of right or wrong behavior. The word carries the …

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The changes in the acceptance of Buddhism in China from the collapse of the Han Dynasty in 200 CE to the end of the Tang Dynasty in 907 CE.

Using the knowledge of world history and documents, evaluate the changes in the acceptance of Buddhism in China from the collapse of the Han Dynasty in 200 CE to the end of the Tang Dynasty in 907 CE. From the collapse of the Han Dynasty in 200 CE to the end of the Tang Dynasty …

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The Search for Objective Truth in The Parallax View

In the realm of assassination drama, The Parallax View is in some ways an inversion of the similarly speculative plot of The Manchurian Candidate. In the latter film, Korean War soldiers are brainwashed by an external force (Communists) into fomenting instability in the United States through targeted assassinations. By contrast, the Parallax Corporation, as is …

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Islamophobia and West

Introduction A Phobia is basically an illogical fear for any situation, object, or class of objects. In years a phobia commonly seen in the west is Islamophobia. A specific type of fear, prejudice, hatred, stereotypes against muslims and islam resulting in biased discrimination and suppressing muslims. Causes of Islamophobia in West Muslims practicing islam in …

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Perspective Complicating Human Interaction in Zeitoun and The Laramie Project

Each person has a unique worldview, which is largely shaped by one’s environment, knowledge, beliefs, and more. Those who identify similarly are largely grouped with others who may have the same background. Both Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project and David Egger’s Zeitoun explore the relationship between majority groups and minority groups: In Zeitoun’s case, a …

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The Power of Religion Compared in Persepolis and the Sound of Waves

For some, religion is just another part of their daily routine. For others, it’s a way of life. In Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis Marjane finds herself able to express herself in the eyes of God. Within these conversations, Marjane sees the cracks within her own religion and undertakes the ambitious task of writing her own book …

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The Qur’an’s Division of Humanity Into Believers A nd Non-Believers

A careful study of the Koran begs the question: is it a violent text? This question is of critical importance in our day, given recent events. This paper attempts to explore the question in great detail, never straying from Arberry’s standard translation of the classic text of the Islamic religion. The Koran divides humanity into …

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Buddhism and Sexuality in Jack Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums”

The Beat Generation has always been associated, and rightfully so, with themes connected to sexuality. Beat writers were, and still are, famous for advocating sexual liberation and free love, being open about their homosexuality when that was the case (like Allen Ginsberg did for all his life), and much of their literary production is filled …

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Escaping Religion: “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” and “Blankets”

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson and Blankets by Craig Thompson are coming-of-age stories that primarily focus on the religious beliefs of their respective authors. Winterson grew up in an Evangelical household. Her mother was a very religious woman with a totalitarian parenting style. This, in turn, corrupted Winterson’s young mind, and …

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Islamic View To Pre-Marital Care

In spite of the wide extend of a lot of diseases, advancements in genetic engineering have led to substantial improvements in diagnosing these diseases. Consequently, stress has increased considerably on future spouses to undergo premarital medical exams. A lot of Islamic countries have responded to this rising necessity by making some premarital screening tests obligatory …

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Significance of Abraham

Abraham was a messenger of Allah(God). From a very young age Abraham rejected the idea of worshipping idols as their God because he saw them as lifeless sculptures that could neither harm nor benefit them. He believed God to be someone greater, the Most Magnificent, not the one that you can find sitting in a …

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The Concept and History of Islamist Terrorism

Words and Organisations to Know Islamist terrorism: claims to be inspired by Islam. Islamist terrorism or Radical Islamist terrorism is generally defined as “any terrorist act, set of acts or campaign committed by groups or individuals who profess Islamist motivations or goals. Islamist terrorists justify their violent tactics through the interpretation of Quran and Hadith …

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A Look at the Case of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder against the Westboro Baptist Church

U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder was killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq on March 3, 2006. On March 10, 2006, Westboro Baptist Church picketed at Snyder’s funeral as they had done over 600 times in the past 20 years. The church proclaimed that God kills soldiers because of “an increasing tolerance of …

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“Sense-for-Sense” translation in St. Jerome’s Letter

St Jerome’s letter emphasizes on using “Sense-for-sense” translation rather than “word-for-word” translation. He justified his method of translating sense-for-sense by listing examples of Cicero, Horace, Hilary the Confessor and other Classical authors, as well as the Evangelists and the Seventy Translator when translating from the sacred texts. Since the charges by the Clergy against St …

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Characteristics of and the differences between various branches of Christianity

A glance at the occupational statistics of any country of mixed religious composition brings to light with remarkable frequency a situation which has several times provoked discussion in the Catholic press and literature, and in Catholic congresses in Germany, namely, the fact that business leaders and owners of capital, as well as the higher grades …

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Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram vowed not to return to Nigeria in new Boko Haram video

Islamist militants Boko Haram on Monday released a new video claiming to show at least 14 of the Chibok schoolgirls whose mass kidnapping about four years ago became a new dimension of the country’s savagery. But,despite the joint effort between the federal government and the dreaded group and intervention from different quarters the abducted girls …

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Apostle Means To Be Sent

Six years ago I began my search for a new call. Over the four years of searching, I read countless parish websites and profiles. By the time I discovered St. Peter’s, I could almost predict what I would find in each parish’s profile from some flowery language about their mission and vision to their heart …

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Ethics and religion

In the 21st-century ethics as far as religious doctrines are concerned has taken a modernity turn. In the classical period religion was solely relied on to dictate morality but due to contemporariness catalyzed by education beliefs can no longer prescribe social principles. Issues are assessed and determined according to the will of people, social discussion, …

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The Difference Between A Deductive Argument And An Inductive Argument: Cosmological Argument And The Argument From Design

Theism is the belief in the existence of the omnipotent, omnipresent and benevolent being. This being’s (debated) existence reveals the difference between religion and philosophy. While religion is based on faith, philosophy is rooted in reason and evidence. Philosophical beliefs are often stronger because where one might lose faith, a good argument persists. These arguments …

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Care for God’s Creation

Caring for gods creation is hard work, and our culture mentality of “I do what’s best for me” completely opposes it. We are bombarded with messages and advertisements telling us to make life easier and more convenient, and our own selfishness tendencies tell us “no one else is doing it” and “my contribution really won’t …

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A Look at the Origin and Spiritual Beliefs of the Muh-He-Con-Nuk Indians

History of the Muh-he-con-nuk Indians Hendrick Aupaumut (1757-1830), wrote one of the first ethnographies about a Native Indians Muh-he-con-nuk Indians on the year 1791 (Levine 629). According to Sandra Gustafson, Aupaumut was born in the Native American town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts (Levine 629). Gustafson wrote that Aupaumut received an education by a Protestant minister in …

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The Negative Light In Which The Ideology Of Religion Is Portrayed In The Film “C.R.A.Z.Y.”

The 2005 French-language film “C.R.A.Z.Y.”, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, is a coming-of-age drama film set in Quebec during the 1960s and 1970s, about a young man named Zac. He struggles growing up with homophobia while coming from a conservative family of four brothers over a timeframe of roughly twenty years. This paper will dive into …

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The Impact Of Religious Beliefs And Traditional Processes On Modern Society

It’s the post-industrial era with technological advancements rising at an exponential rate, population moving almost till 8 billion and metropolitan cities living under a pot of cultures. But even in this modern society, we rely on orthodox beliefs and ridiculous traditional processes which can’t survive in this fast moving and bustling city life. Even at …

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The Purpose of Spirituality as a Representation of Optimism in a Society of Prejudices, Misery, and Agony

Religion: Reassurance for Life in a Repulsive World Imagine a reality where pain is avoidable; an oasis protected from suffering and intolerance. Contemplate about an eternal being, whose very power granted those worthy eternal life, love, and happiness. Too good to be true? It may be so, but people throughout the ages of history, poor …

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Review of Everyday Scandal, Written By Christianity Today

Violent Approaches to Combating Abortion: Diction and Religious Identification in Christianity Today’s “Everyday Scandal” The subject of abortion rarely comes up without stirring up passionate arguments and conflicted emotions. On one side, pro-choice groups argue the right of women to manage their own bodies. In stark contrast, pro-lifers condemn abortion as murder, especially those pro-lifers …

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